The widow has an ugly and lazy daughter, Pechmarie, and a beautiful and hard-working step-daughter, Goldmarie. Because Pechmarie is her real daughter, the widow clearly favors her and makes... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(fairy tale), (fairy tale) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Snow White (1961)
Family | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Hated by her jealous and bloodthirsty stepmother, Snow White flees a murder attempt and seeks shelter in the woods with seven kindly dwarfs. Feeling she is safe from harm, Snow White ... See full summary »

Director: Gottfried Kolditz
Stars: Doris Weikow, Marianne Christina Schilling, Wolf-Dieter Panse
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

An old man living in an oriental city tells the story of his life to a group of kids: He too was once a young boy by the name of Little Muck - much like them, but with better manners and a ... See full summary »

Director: Wolfgang Staudte
Stars: Thomas Schmidt, Johannes Maus, Friedrich Richter
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Klaus lives with his two brothers Kunz and Franz in a little village. Together, they ply their trade as cobblers in a small workshop. But the workload rests mainly on the shoulders of ... See full summary »

Director: Siegfried Hartmann
Stars: Kaspar Eichel, Uwe-Detlev Jessen, Peter Dommisch
Adventure | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A brave prince wants to win the heart of a stubborn princess by finding the singing, ringing tree for her. He finally locates it in the magical realm of an evil dwarf who offers him a deal:... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Stefani
Stars: Christel Bodenstein, Charles Hans Vogt, Eckart Dux
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

In an enchanted forest, the princely brothers Michael and Andreas get lost and are transformed, by a mountain spirit who jealously guards his underground treasure, into animals until the ... See full summary »

Director: Siegfried Hartmann
Stars: Julie Juristová, Katrin Martin, Pavel Trávnícek
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Once upon a time, there was a lazy miller, who spent all his time drinking wine and telling lies. When the king's treasurer demands payment of taxes, the miller lies that his daughter Marie... See full summary »

Director: Christoph Engel
Stars: Karl-Heinz Rothin, Karin Lesch, Reinhard Michalke
Rotkäppchen (1962)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Once upon a time there was a little girl named Rotkaeppchen. She lived with her father and mother at the edge of a village, and often visited her grandmother on the other side of the woods.... See full summary »

Director: Götz Friedrich
Stars: Jochen Bley, Werner Dissel, Harald Engelmann
Fantasy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Helmut Spieß
Stars: Kurt Schmidtchen, Christel Bodenstein, Horst Drinda
Frau Holle (TV Movie 2008)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Bodo Fürneisen
Stars: Marianne Sägebrecht, Herbert Feuerstein, Johanna Gastdorf
Drama | Fantasy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Life changes dramatically for a Czech housemaid when the house driver gives her three magical hazel nuts.

Director: Václav Vorlícek
Stars: Libuse Safránková, Pavel Trávnícek, Carola Braunbock
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The King and Queen plan an opulent feast to celebrate the birth of their long-awaited child, Dornröschen. They invite not only the members of the court, but also the fairies, so that they ... See full summary »

Director: Walter Beck
Stars: Juliane Korén, Vera Oelschlegel, Helmut Schreiber
Mother Holly (1961)
Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Director: Peter Podehl
Stars: Lucie Englisch, Madeleine Binsfeld, Iris Mayer
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Mathilde Danegger ...
...
Katharina Lind ...
Elfriede Florin ...
Witwe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Herbert Graedtke ...
Mathias
Jürgen Pörschemann ...
Klaus
Edit

Storyline

The widow has an ugly and lazy daughter, Pechmarie, and a beautiful and hard-working step-daughter, Goldmarie. Because Pechmarie is her real daughter, the widow clearly favors her and makes Goldmarie do all the work. Poor Goldmarie must also sit and spin all day by the well until her fingers bleed. When she tries to rinse out the spindel, it drops into the cold water. Her unsympathetic step-mother tells her to jump in after it. Goldmarie does as she is told, and then wakes up in the middle of a beautiful field of flowers. This is the land of Frau Holle, who welcomes Goldmarie and invites her to stay, as long as she will help with the housework. Marie stays and serves Frau Holle gladly, until she suffers so terribly from homesickness that she asks to go home. Before bringing her back, Frau Holle rewards Marie with a shower of gold. Upon her return, Goldmarie and her gold are welcomed by her greedy step-sister and -mother. Hoping for the same kind of reward, the step-mother sends ... Written by DEFA Film Library

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Adventure

Genres:

Family | Fantasy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 1963 (East Germany)  »

Also Known As:

Holle Anyó  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Frau Holle (2008) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The eternal tale of Pechmarie and Goldmarie
23 November 2016 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

"Frau Holle" is a German fairy tale from the famous Brothers Grimm and here we have one of the more known film adaptations of this one. It is from 1963, so already 53 years old and it is a DEFA film, which means it is from the German Democratic Republic. Like many other of the country's fairy tale adaptations, this is relatively short, stays slightly under the 60 minute mark. The director is successful GDR filmmaker (also for more serious films) Gottfried Kolditz and he worked also on the script together with Günter Kaltofen, the GDR's most successful fairy tale film writer probably. The cast is predominantly female and includes also actresses that appeared in other GDR fairy tale films, such as Karin Ugowski, who is in her 70s today and still acting occasionally. About the story, I guess there is not too much to say. People who consider seeing this have certainly heard of the tale of Frau Holle with the hard-working girl and the lazy girl and the challenges they are posed by Frau Holle and of course the reward they are eventually getting. Even if you could see a political, communistic message in here that only the hard-working will be rewarded in the end, it is still a fairly unpolitical movie I guess and it is refreshing to see this from the GDR, a country that certainly does not have so many good films sadly and a big part of the country's résumé is also somewhat propaganda stuff that is not worth seeing. But the GDR's fairy tale films are pretty much top-notch and this was an entertaining watch as well. The story is close enough to the original, the acting is okay and it's definitely on the charming side and they did good in keeping it short and essential and keeping it from becoming bloated. If there is anything to criticize here, then this would maybe be the visual side. Frau Holle offers possibilities that many other fairy tale films do not offer in terms of making it a visually impressive watch (the cloud world, the pouring of gold etc.), but these have definitely not been fulfilled. It is underwhelming to that regard. But all in all, the good outweighs the bad and I recommend checking it out. Thumbs up.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Frau Holle (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?